Building a sense of teamwork and school spirit is an important learning opportunity that can be enhanced through appropriate competition. Therefore, the school is committed to building competitive athletic programs where students are provided with increasing levels of competition as they move through the Junior School to the Middle School to the Senior School in a way that supports their skills development, cooperation, and fair play. Therefore, many of our competitive athletic teams welcome players of all abilities from beginners to those who have played before. Through coaching, guidance and instruction we hope to encourage students to continue with the sport throughout their time at Pickering College in a fun, supportive and safe environment.
Pickering College offers an extensive range of athletic facilities across its 42-acre campus, including: baseball diamonds, two gymnasiums, an indoor ice arena, a surfaced running track, four playing ﬁelds and a ﬁtness centre. We also partner with Newmarket for swimming pool facilities.
Expert Training and Competitive Opportunities
Our successful athletics program features a wide range of competitive sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, cross country, ultimate frisbee, mountain biking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding.
Our Pickering College coaches are National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) qualified and take advantage of the professional development that is offered every year. We believe strongly in our teachers coaching because of the relationships that are created, the personalization and the school spirit that it brings.
We also hire expert coaches in a few of our co-curricular programs such as figure skating, equestrian and hockey.
Our athletics program is designed to balance academic studies with healthy physical activity. The results of participation in our programs are apparent in students’ increased conﬁdence, improved health and energy levels. We encourage our athletes to compete through the joy of effort. Throughout the year, all competitive athletes are honoured at special events and given recognition with special awards. This happens at the end of each season. Once a year, in May, we recognize outstanding athletes with a Colour Award, Athlete of the Year, and the Blackstock Award.